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Masakazu Kaneko

Masakazu Kaneko

Date of Birth
January 24, 1978
English level
Conversational level
Masakazu Kaneko was born in Tokyo in 1978. He entered the school of International Politics, Economics and Communication, Aoyama Gakuin University. During his time at university, he started to learn 8mm / 16mm filmmaking.
After graduating from the university, he studied at the Film School of Tokyo. Then he directed six short films while working in the fields of TV commercials or films.
In 2016 Masakazu’s first directed-feature “The Albino’s Trees” was screened as an international premiere in the Beijing International Film Festival, China. In 2017 it was also screened in the 4th Figueira Film Art, Portugal and awarded the Best Feature, Best Direction, Best Picture. In the wake of winning a triple award, “The Albino’s Trees” was nominated for screenings in more than 20 international film festivals in 14 countries and achieved 20 awards worldwide, nine of which were Best Feature. Masakazu's 2nd feature film will be released soon.

Outstanding works

Category Year Title Notes
Movie (Live-Action) 2007 Sumire Ningyo Graduation project of the film school
Movie (Live-Action) 2008 Rapunzel Short film
Movie (Live-Action) 2009 Konagona Short film
Movie (Live-Action) 2009 Lost Story Short film
Movie (Live-Action) 2010 The Man Who Restores Short film
Movie (Live-Action) 2013 Camera Obscura Short film
Movie (Live-Action) 2013 Secret Meeting Short film
Movie (Live-Action) 2016 The Albino's Trees First feature film

Awards List

Year Title of Award Title
2020 Japanese Serbian Film Festival, Serbia Recognition Award The Albino's Trees
2018 Festival Cinemistica, Spain Best Fiction Feature Film The Albino's Trees
2017 Vasteras Film Festival, Sweeden Best Photography The Albino's Trees
2017 Figueira Film Art, Portugal Best Feature / Best Direction / Best Picture The Albino's Trees
2016 Beijing International Film Festival, China Forward Future Unit Official Selection The Albino's Trees